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How to Remove Nasty Hair From Your Vacuum Roller Brush

How to Remove Nasty Hair From Your Vacuum Roller Brush 1024 576 Rachelle Stone

Well, hello there! I’m sure you’re here because you vacuumed your carpet and now your roller brush is full of nasty hair, right?

Don’t worry. We’ve all been there.

The good news is that it’s actually pretty easy to fix. In just a few simple steps, you can have your  roller brush clean and hair-free in no time .

No Special Tool

vacuum roller

First, start by unplugging your vacuum.

Next, use a screwdriver to remove the plate that covers the roller brush.

Once the plate is off, you’ll be able to see the roller brush and all of the hair wrapped around it. Use a pair of scissors to cut the hair away from the roller, being careful not to damage the bristles.

Finally, put the plate back on and plug your vacuum in.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to vacuum again without having to worry about your roller brush getting clogged with hair.

Did you know?

prevent hair entanglement

The Shark ZU561 Navigator and the Bissell MultiClean Allergen Lift-Off Pet Vacuum both have a unique self-cleaning brush roll for powerful pet hair pickup. No more need to manually clean the vacuum brush from trapped hair after every usage—the clever design will do it all.

Using a Special Tool (for Stubborn Trapped Hair)

Sewing Seam Ripper Tool

I have long, thick hair, and it’s a pain to vacuum. Whenever I vacuum my carpet, I must stop and cut or pull the hair out of the roller brush.

It’s so frustrating!

I’ve tried using scissors, but it’s hard to get a clean cut, and I end up with hairs all over the place. I’ve also tried pulling the hairs out with my bare hands, but that just hurts and is really time-consuming.

The other day, I was looking for something in my sewing kit and came across my seam ripper.

I had a lightbulb moment!

The sharp point of the seam ripper helps to quickly loosen and remove even the most stubborn knots of hair. In addition, the handle of the seam ripper provides a more comfortable grip than using my bare hands.

As a result, the seam ripper is my tool of choice for keeping my vacuum roller brush free of hair.

If the roller is still filthy, clean it with water and soap, then dry it with a towel.

Now vacuuming is a breeze. If you have long hair and are tired of dealing with tangled roller brushes, give this method a try. You won’t be disappointed.


Why Is It Necessary to Remove Trapped Hair Inside the Vacuum Roller?

Because a decrease in suction and airflow will cause a reduction in performance, and a prolonged stuck roller brush can cause the motor to overheat.

In other words, if you want your vacuum to work properly, you need to ensure that there’s no hair trapped in the roller.

Taking this simple step will prolong the life of your vacuum and save you a lot of money by buying replacement parts in the long run.

How Do You Get Dog Hair out of a Vacuum Roller?

I’ve tried everything to get dog hair out of my vacuum roller. I’ve used a seam ripper, but some dog breeds can have much thicker and curly hair, so I might need additional tools like scissors or razors.

I’ve even tried using a lint roller. It works great for short hair, but for long stubborn hair, it just pushes the hair around and doesn’t really remove it.

Another way to remove dog hair from a vacuum roller is to use a rubber glove. Just put the glove on and rub the roller in a circular motion. The static and friction generated will cause the hair to come right off.

How Do I Stop My Hair From Getting Caught in a Vacuum?

Make sure to comb or brush your hair often, preferably in just one area of the house where it is uncarpeted.

Once finished with that, sweep up all hairs using a broom.


Here’s the thing. When it comes to cleaning a vacuum brush from trapped hair, ideally you want to do it each time after you use the vacuum. If several family members have long hair, then as frequently as needed.

Also, remember to clean and do maintenance on other parts, like the vacuum wheels. These areas can trap hairs as well.

All that built-up hair is just asking for trouble down the line. Not to mention, it’s unsightly and can be a pain to clean up (literally) the more you delay.

So, in short, a little bit of upkeep goes a long way when it comes to your vacuum roller brush. And believe me, you’ll thank yourself later. Trust me on this one.

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    Rachelle Stone

    Rachelle Stone has numerous years in the commercial construction industry as well as residential, taking pride in the relationships formed over those years & continue to thrive & make new connections everywhere. She focuses hard on turning them into "partnerships" that will last a lifetime. You can visit her at

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